the state

The State


On Tuesday, 6 November 2018, at 8pm, NeMe Arts Centre hosts Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival of the Home for Cooperation with “The State,” a theatre play by Alexander Manuiloff.

The performance is just the text, the audience as well as people’s basic conceptions of how to function in a society.

Since early 2013 Bulgaria saw more than a dozen people, young men and women, burning themselves in public spaces in protest against a failing state, corruption, poverty and very probably – in despair. “The State” is about Plamen Goranov, the first man who burnt himself, but also about us, the state(s) we create and the state in which we are.

Alexander Manuiloff is a writer, dramatist and screenwriter from Sofia. The first Bulgarian author to be ever invited with a text to one of Europe’s influential theatre festivals, Theatertreffen (2015). His dramaturgy works have been selected to many prominent venues in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Together with his translator Hannes Becker, Alexander is the winner of the German­language pan­European EURODRAM prize for 2017.

Alexander’s dramaturgy has been translated into eight languages so far and it is already studied in some university programmes in the US. (Georgetown University). After his 2017 tour to Washington’s ForumTheatre/Woolly Mammoth, the DC Theatre Scene called him “a rare creator,” the Washinton Post found his piece “exceptionally thoughtful,” while the Broadway World defined Manuiloff’s writing as being “akin to magical realism.” Recently Alexander contributed to the newest project by the German theatre collective Rimini Protokoll, “Top Secret International,” a piece invited to the Under the Radar Festival of New York, 2017. One of his other recent theatre works was “The Telepathic Bar” in collaboration with Ferran Dordal (2015 Silver Lion winner from the Venice Biennale). Alexander’s first book, Film, received the Bulgarian Writers’ Guild Award for the best fiction debut book of 2005 while his second one came out in Berlin in 2008 (Language Ideas).

A former journalist for BusinessWeek Bulgaria as well as for various national and international papers and news agencies, in 2012 he received the award of the Association of European Journalists for the best piece of independent research in Bulgaria. Part of the New York Drama League exchange programme. Chairman of Radar Sofia, an independent not­ for­ profit organisation that has opened space for foreign writers/creators to live and work in Sofia.
Banner image courtesy of Alexander Manuiloff.

This performance is funded and organized by the Home for Cooperation, within the 5th edition of the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival, as part of the Buffer Fringe Festival__SATELLITE Program and hosted by NeMe.

The Home for Cooperation is a shared, safe space in the middle of the dividing lines established to create “a meeting space for cooperation, dialogue and cocreation”: A space built upon the values of diversity, solidarity, respect and creativity. It provides working spaces and opportunities for Non-Governmental Organisations and individuals to design and implement innovative projects. Today the Home has become a landmark building within the Ledra Palace crossing, UN buffer zone. It facilitates situations for people to get together and to get to know each other. The home hosts an extensive variety of cultural, artistic and educational programs with the aim to foster creativity and intercultural trust in Cyprus and internationally.

Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival showcases new and experimental work by local and international artists, challenges physical and artistic barriers, and creates opportunities for artists to meet and exchange ideas. It questions preconceived ideas of the performing arts, the relationship between artists and audience and shines a new light on arts and society. The festival favours innovative work, artists who take risks in their work and constantly look for new ways to express themselves.

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